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by Camilla Andersson, staff writer

 

“I want to make HPU’s College of Communication one of the best communication colleges in the country.” So said Dr. Steven Combs, the new dean of HPU’s college of Communication. Combs replaces Dr. James Whitfield who chose to return to the classroom and is teaching several journalism classes this fall.

Combs holds a Ph.D in Communication from the University of Southern California and is a specialist in legal communication and rhetorical theory and criticism, the subjects he also enjoys teaching the most.

Combs said he never thought of himself as a teacher, but that’s where the opportunity to lead a debate team took him. “I just fell in love with teaching,” Combs said. “I love the conversations in a classroom.”

Comb never thought of himself as an administrators either, but after encouragement from many of HPU’s College of Communication faculty, and some thought, becoming dean seemed like the right next step for himself and the college.

Combs explained that over the years, many students have asked him “Why is this relevant?” Their question got him thinking too. “I think professors often dismiss that question,” Combs said, “but it is our responsibility to have the answer to it.”

A product of Western civilization and education, Combs made a one-eighty in the middle of his career and immersed himself in the eastern way of thinking, and in Taoism in particular.

“ Earlier,” Combs said, “ I had more interest in being right. I went from that to ‘everything is right.’” Integrating these two traditions has helped him in the classroom, he added, since he finds it easier to connect with and understand students of all kinds.

“I want to make HPU’s College of Communication one of the best communication colleges in the country.” So said Dr. Steven Combs, the new dean of HPU’s college of Communication. Combs replaces Dr. James Whitfield who chose to return to the classroom and is teaching several journalism classes this fall.

Combs holds a Ph.D in Communication from the University of Southern California and is a specialist in legal communication and rhetorical theory and criticism, the subjects he also enjoys teaching the most.

Combs said he never thought of himself as a teacher, but that’s where the opportunity to lead a debate team took him. “I just fell in love with teaching,” Combs said. “I love the conversations in a classroom.”

Comb never thought of himself as an administrators either, but after encouragement from many of HPU’s College of Communication faculty, and some thought, becoming dean seemed like the right next step for himself and the college.

Combs explained that over the years, many students have asked him “Why is this relevant?” Their question got him thinking too. “I think professors often dismiss that question,” Combs said, “but it is our responsibility to have the answer to it.”

A product of Western civilization and education, Combs made a one-eighty in the middle of his career and immersed himself in the eastern way of thinking, and in Taoism in particular.

“ Earlier,” Combs said, “ I had more interest in being right. I went from that to ‘everything is right.’” Integrating these two traditions has helped him in the classroom, he added, since he finds it easier to connect with and understand students of all kinds.

 
 
 
 

 

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